“Let’s Be Frank!” raises a glass to Sinatra at 100

[caption id="attachment_111258" align="aligncenter" width="489"] FILE - In this May 18, 1977 file photo, performer Frank Sinatra appears on the stage of the Westchester Premier Theater in Tarrytown, N.Y., during the opening night of his act with Dean Martin.

Damien Rice plays in “gig heaven” at Red Rocks Amphitheatre (photos, review)

After opening his first-ever solo set at Red Rocks with “My Favourite Faded Fantasy,” Damien Rice looked up to the mostly filled amphitheater and simply said “Good evening.” [insertSmugmug] “Maybe my plane crashed on the way here, and I’m in ‘gig heaven.’ I was going to say ‘welcome,’ but most of you have probably been here before,” he continued.

For Gregory Alan Isakov, everything is personal and none of it is private

Steeped in sincerity and spilling tiny autobiographies, Gregory Alan Isakov isn’t so different in person than he is on record. Sitting on the wood-planked floor of his Boulder apartment, rolling thin cigarettes and answering questions, the South African-born singer-songwriter summons the sort of compact anecdotes that surface in the lyrics of his songs, about growing up, traveling, looking out his window, falling in love.

Why So Serious, Tommy Chong?

[caption id="attachment_50113" align="alignnone" width="610" caption="Tommy Chong loves Carrot Top. Like, really, really loves him. And he's not ashamed of it. Photo courtesy of Neil Visel."][/caption] Stoner-comedy hero Tommy Chong plays a version of himself on stage, whether it's in sketches with his longtime buddy Cheech Marin as part of the Grammy-winning duo Cheech and Chong, or as a stand-up comedian with his wife and touring opener/partner Shelby.

El Vez @ the Bluebird Theater

[photopress:el_vez.jpg,full,pp_image] Hola, baybeee. El Vez is no stranger to the art of performance. File photo. Performers exhibit the behaviors you come to see in showbiz, plucking this or crooning that.

Indigo Girls @ Chautauqua Park

[photopress:indigo3.JPG,full,pp_image] Indigo Girls proved on Sunday that strong voices and deft harmonies trump fussed-over stage presentation. Photos by Mark Osler. While living in the magical world of Brooklyn this past year, there were certain things I took for granted about spending the last 26 years in Colorado.